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Vintage Shopping in London

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere you will be well aware that the 70s are big this season. Now for us that makes us a little bit more happy than it really should but what can we say, it really floats our boat(s).

With this in mind and a love of a good vintage rummage already a favourite past time of ours (that sounds a bit rude but we promise it’s not) a few new retro additions to our wardrobes seem more relevant than ever.

Take this pink silk shirt for example. After a morning of surfing trying to hunt down a bright silk shirt in a fun, Summery colour but to no avail, a quick nose around a vintage store and what do we find sitting, waiting as if it’s meant to be? None other than said shirt. Spooky right? That’s the glorious thing about vintage shopping: when you come across something that tickles your fancy which actually fits it’s like a magical sartorial equation where 2 universes align to bring you a fabulous find. Ok that maybe just a tad over the top but you get the gist.

So we say embrace the retro trend this season with a mix of designer, high street and a spot of true vintage thrown in for (unique) good measure.

Here our some of our favourite vintage places incase this has inspired you to try and hunt out some vintage pieces:

Hammersmith vintage fair is on early Sunday mornings every couple of months   www.pa-antiques.co.uk

Mint in Stoke Newington for a great selection of on trend pieces   www.mintvintage.co.uk

Spitalfields Market on Thursdays has a huge selection of vintage stalls selling clothing, jewellery and interesting finds for your home too   www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

Camden Passage stalls are there on Wednesdays and the Weekend are are perfect for a good ol’ rummage

Beyond Retro have shops all over London and also have a big selection, we like the Dalston store the best www.beyondretro.com

Blitz London markets itself as the first vintage Department Store and with 2 levels rammed full of vintage plus a little coffee shop we have to agree   www.blitzlondon.co.uk

Happy Shopping!

We’d love to hear if you’ve been to any of the above places and if you know of any vintage gems?!

Hannah wears vintage silk shirt from Mint, long pearl necklace by Belle & Bunty LOVES, Vintage Levi 501s, sandals by H&M {similar HERE}, Marcie bag by Chloe, silk scarf worn as belt by Belle & Bunty

 

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Today we took a little mid week trip which is usually saved only for the weekend. We had a very exciting meeting to discuss an upcoming project {and overseas trip, but more of that soon} on Columbia Road. You may know this street only for its flower market on a Sunday which is usually so ram packed you can not move for flowers and fashionistas.

Today it was blissfully quiet so we took the opportunity to pose against these pretty pastel doors and dream of soon to come Spring days when we aren’t in such a rush and can meander down the street on a Sunday with arms full of flowers, coffee and croissants. Cant wait.

{Thanks to the little black and white feline friend for joining in and performing puuuuuurfectly, see what we did there}

Alice wears rings by Catird NYC and Sophie Breit Meyer, blazer by H&M {similar HERE} , leather trousers by Isabel Marant for H&M {similar HERE], scarves by Zara & vintage , shirt by H&M, boots by Ash, sunglasses by H&M

Hannah wears vintage ring, necklace by H&M, t-shirt by Asos, skirt by H&M, vintage scarf, jacket by Asos {similar HERE}, bag by Chloé, vintage boots, sunglasses by H&M

Photo Credit ~Medialightbulb

You & Your Wedding Awards 2015 ~ We Won!

This week we had the pleasure of going to the You & Your Wedding magazine 2015 Retail Awards set a the most glamourous and gorgeous Rosewood Hotel in London. We went along with much anticipation as we had been shortlisted in 2 categories. Obviously to have made the final cut was AMAZING and we were in great company with some of the biggest names in the bridal industry, but to win an award was what would have been the icing on the cake and a fantastic start to the year.

SO there we were, little ol’ us, quietly bopping along to the music as the different categories and winners were read out and waiting as one of the awards slipped through our fingers and only the Editors Choice was left. Not in a gazillion years did we think we’d win so when our name was read out a little WTF might have been uttered. Not only were we nominated in arguable the UK’s biggest bridal magazine awards but holy mutha, we’d just won the big award of the night! Obviously much champagne drinking and photo taking ensued all with the biggest smiles on our faces.

A big, massive, giant THANK YOU to You & Your Wedding and Editor Maxine Briggs in particular for picking us. Truly an honour.

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Us with The Wedding Fairy and You & You Wedding’s Editor Maxine

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Team B&B scrubbing up well

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Alice from You & Your Wedding wearing our Pearly Dress in Midnight Blue and looking FABULOUS

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Our award looking all pretty and sparkly!

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BIG thank you again to You & Your Wedding for a fantastic night

Instagram Accounts We Love

Hello. We are Belle & Bunty and we are addicted to Instagram.

No shame, just putting it right out there. That pesky little app has been at the end of our “like” clicking fingers for the past couple of years now and so we thought it was about time we passed on the addiction to you guys {if you don’t already have a massive problem like us}

Here are some accounts we love to see on a daily basis, check ‘em out…..but its probably best to hide your credit card before you start as there is some serious sartorial swooning to be had. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Pin Sykes

Fashion Blogger and Editor Pandora always knows how to style an outfit to perfection. With unusual pieces and great outfit combo’s this lady will inspire you to try something new and give different things a go. It’s nice to see a f-blogger on Instagram who is not afraid to smile {we know, she’s ker-a-zee right! } Plus she’s pretty funny with a witty sense of humour and makes us chuckle. A lot. Go follow.

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Feathers and Frills

Fashion blogger Victoria always posts a great mix of her laid back style shot in a beautiful editorial way. She posts a great selection of denim, shoes and outerwear for perfect dressed down style inspiration.

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Golestaneh

For straight out wardrobe envy follow this stylish German blogger and shop owner. Actually don’t. She makes you want to sell your soul and/or children and head straight to Chanel.

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A Girl, A Style

If you want to follow an account that will have you swooning at the sheer prettiness then this is the one. Blogger Briony has a great {rose tinted} eye for all things beautiful and glamourous, follow for pretty, lady like chic.

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AML Warner

A beautiful gallery from graphic designer Abigail full of pretty blooms and all things lovely, always shot in the most delightful way. Dreamy.

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Eebbbambi

This is a brilliant fashion account for those that like a little bit of boho chic {yes, sorry we used those words but it just seems SO appropriate!} Every. single. outfit that this lady wears is spot on and gets us clicking the “like” button.

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Paris In Four Months

No need to jump on the Eurostar, just follow this account instead! We promise you virtual tours of Paris and lots of macaroons. Whats not to love?

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Le 21 Eme

If you get inspiration from street style photos like we do then this account is the one for you. Lots of great candid shots of the worlds most stylish which always has us spotting the fashionistas especially over fashion weeks.

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Kelsey Montague Art

We came across this artist recently after spotting some of her butterfly wing street art in NYC {you MUST have seen images of the world and their uncle standing in front of her now infamous wings?!} We love her hand illustrations and clever use of art and real objects to create a gallery well worth a follow in our book.

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Chloé

Because its Chloé and we ALL want to be hashtag chloegirls don’t we? Nuff said.

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We are always discovering new accounts which tickle our fancy so watch this space for more of our faces soon!

We’d love to hear who you follow?

Our Dream Christmas Wishlists

Holidays are coming, holidays are coming…. and that means one thing ~ shopping! {well, peace on earth and good will to mankind aswell, obviously}

We have put together items we would love to find in Santa’s sack this year when he shimmy’s down the chimney. Seems that we are creatures of habit as they are the usual mix of gold jewellery, leopard print and some great shoes. All of these would be lovely but let’s not get greedy, just one would be nice!

What’s on your Christmas wish list?

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Photo Credits ~

1. Catbird NYC      2. Vince Camuto     3. Catbird NYC      4. Coach      5. Michael Kors      6. Coach

7. MiH Jeans      8. Net-A-Porter      9. Matches Fashion      10. Aska      11. My Theresa      12. Monica Vinader